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Mrs. Pellegrini from Youngstown OH is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Language Learning and Sensory Supports

My students need sensory materials to improve their concentration and attention, ways to take sensory breaks when they are over-stimulated, and games that will provide implicit learning and opportunities for language learning.

  • $682 goal

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My Students

My students are special because they need supports to understand language meaning (semantics), form (phonology, morphology, and syntax), and use (pragmatics). Many of my students are from lower socio-economic homes and lack exposure to books and experiences that set them up for success.

Language is the fundamental underpinning of all other content areas, and especially in reading, writing, and math.

My students need to improve their language skills to succeed in their classrooms. My room needs to build a variety of activities to improve language, as well as articulation skills, fluency, comprehension, and phonological awareness skills.

My Project

My students need to improve their concentration and attention to tasks to improve their speech and language skills. Balance ball chairs let their bodies be in motion so their brains can be engaged. Children's sensory systems are constantly developing, and giving students sensory input can improve their attention to tasks. The fidgets and ocean waves projector are calming activities that can be used when students come into therapy, or as a cool-down break after therapy. I would use an otoscope to go along with hearing screenings to determine if students have a cerumen impaction or middle ear fluid/infection. I could then make appropriate referrals from there.

My speech therapy room will give students a sensory break so that their minds can grow and they can be more relaxed.

Once their central nervous system needs are met, they can learn language improvement and articulation strategies to better access the educational curriculum.

My students also need to participate in turn-taking games that will allow for implicit learning with opportunities to engage in reciprocal conversation and improve speech and language development.

Mrs. Pellegrini
Grades PreK-2
  • E J Blott Elementary School
  • Youngstown, OH
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Aeromat Junior Ball Chair for Kids • Amazon Business $66.04 3 $198.12
Trideer Inflated Stability Wobble Cushion with Pump, Extra Thick Core Balance Disc, KIDS Wiggle Seat, Sensory Cushion for Elementary School Chair (Office & Home & Classroom) • Amazon Business $16.99 3 $50.97
4th Generation Dr Mom LED POCKET Otoscope and both Adult and Pediatric Disposable Specula Tips and Case. • Amazon Business $39.92 1 $39.92
19 Pack Bundle Sensory Toys Set-Bike Chain/Liquid Motion Timer/Rainbow Magic Sensory Balls/Twisted Fidget Toys and Squeeze Toys Value Assortment • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
[Newest Design] Remote Control Ocean Wave Projector 12 LED &7 Colors Night Light with Built-in Mini Music Player for Living Room and Bedroom (12 LED Black) • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
The Reading Teacher's Book of Lists (J-B Ed: Book of Lists) • Amazon Business $23.76 1 $23.76
ThinkFun 7706-T • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
ThinkFun Zingo Bingo • Amazon Business $19.97 1 $19.97
Charades Party Game - Family Charades-in-a-Box Compendium Board Game - Features 6 Themes, 360 Cards, Spinner, And Sand-Timer (Ages 4+) • Amazon Business $19.45 1 $19.45
Pictionary Frame Game • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Guess Who? Board Game • Amazon Business $16.94 1 $16.94
DNA Squishy Stress Ball (4-Pack) Squeeze, Color Sensory Toy | Relieve Tension, Anxiety, ADHD | Home, Travel and Office Use | Fun for Kids and Adults • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Funky Egg Splat Ball Squishy Toys | 4 Pack | Stress Relief Eggs Yolk Balls Squishies - Fun Toy for Children | Anxiety Reducer Sensory Play | Tension Relief for Adults & Help for Autism & ADHD • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
HedBanz Game - Edition may vary • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
TheraBand Resistance Band Set, Professional Latex Elastic Bands for Upper & Lower Body & Core Exercise, Physical Therapy, Lower Pilates, At-Home Workouts, and Rehab, Yellow & Red & Green, Beginner Set • Amazon Business $9.54 1 $9.54
I Can't Believe You Said That!: My Story about Using My Social Filter...or Not! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $9.18 1 $9.18
Puritan Medical 5.5" Grape Flavored Junior Wood Tongue Depressor - 710 GRAPE - Box of 50 • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Hasbro Connect 4 Game • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Trend Enterprises Rhyming Fun-to-Know Puzzle • Amazon Business $8.10 1 $8.10

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